Acting Lions: Unleash Your Craft in Today's Lightning Fast World of Film, Television and Theatre

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Acting Lions is a comprehensive book on the craft of acting that covers the history of the craft, the craft itself, the artistry of acting, and the business of acting.

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Penny Templeton's artistry is the culmination of four generations of theater actresses. Although she was warned by her family not to go on the stage, she embraced her legacy and began performing and studying under such masters as Paul Sorvino and Wynn Handman. Highlights of her career include starring in Joyce Carol Oates's I Stand Before You Naked at the American Place Theatre, and as Paul Sorvino's wife in All The King's Men. Her unique coaching methods and techniques have garnered attention and recognition from industry peers. She has been a finalist Judge for the NY Film Festival, Daytime Emmys, and CableAce Awards. She taught Acting for the Camera for the MFA program at Columbia University. She is featured in Ronald Rand's Acting Teachers of America. She works with actors on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in feature films, and in primetime and daytime television.

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The New Acting Bible-Penny Templeton's ACTING LIONS While the cover of Acting Lions: Unleash Your Craft in Today's Lightning Fast World of Film, Television and Theatre may seem a bit esoteric, the text contained therein is not. In fact, Templeton's tome may well become the book for actors. Whether you're just starting out, following a particular method, or are a seasoned professional, there are plenty of tips and tricks that can aid actors in their work. And, though there's not enough space for me to fully catalog all the helpful hints (you'll want to buy the book anyway), I'll keep it brief and try to hit on some of the high points, of which there are many. For starters, this book is fairly comprehensive, focusing on the art of acting itself, proper technique, and how you can make it work for you as a business venture. That basically covers what you'd want to learn in a very advanced acting class, after studying the craft for years. But, this text is written in a way to try and enthuse, inspire, and enlighten, making sure to include all the pitfalls that can occur, as well as how you can avoid them. In short, it's probably today's new Acting Bible , whether you're a student of Stanislavsky, Hagen, or any other method. As you read it aloud in your head, Templeton's energetic voice comes through loud and clear. You'll feel like you have your own acting coach, leading you on your path to getting the roles you are best suited for, and can make your own. Simply put, this is a great reference book that will grow dog-eared from repeated readings. Highly Recommended!! Chris Gibson BROADWAY WORLD --Broadwayworld.com

Penny Templeton leaves no stone unturned in her examination of the craft and business of acting. It s a thoughtful and inspired look into an art which she presents as both a calling and a career, and is a must-read for both beginning and veteran actors. The book covers everything from the history of the craft, technique, development of the actor, and the application of all that artistry in today s world. She does a remarkable job of showing the evolution of technique from master teachers like Stanislavski and Stella Adler, or Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner to her own set of acting exercises that allow the actor to have a structure to their work and process; but to also be released and free within that structure. It s important because it s that structure that allows an actor to not only grow as artist, but to feel confident whether in an audition, rehearsal, or performance. The book also gives a realistic and practical look at the business of acting. It s a hard and difficult pursuit, but the book offers a concise picture of the various parts of the industry (casting directors, agents, directors, producers) and how to navigate through them. It even goes into the process of being on set breaking down everything from hair and make up, blocking rehearsals and finally shooting. For someone just entering the business that sort of thing can seem overwhelming, but the author does a good job dissecting it so if you are new to this it doesn t seem so otherworldly. It s also a good refresher for the working actor as well. An old dog can always learn new tricks. It really is a solid breakdown of the ins and outs of the job part of being an actor. Simply put, I found this book empowering and inspiring. It makes a fantastic addition to any actor s bookshelf. Barnes & Noble 12/4/2011 --Barnes & Noble

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